Green roofs and ‘agritecture’ have potential to transform food supply in cities

August 12, 2015 at 10:32 am Leave a comment

‘We’ve become very disconnected from nature,’ says one expert, and urban farming offers a solution.

Rooftop gardens have become an increasingly common feature in North American cities, as urban planners extol the benefits of more greenery in the concrete jungle.

But news of precarious growing conditions in major farming states such as Florida and California as well as awareness of the importance of “buying local” have led to greater interest in using urban rooftops to grow food.

In recent years, cities across North America have been actively developing more green roofs, which essentially means the top of a house or building that features vegetation planted over a waterproof barrier.

The benefits of green roofs go well beyond esthetic beauty, says Steven Peck [president and founder of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities].

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He says urban roofs can decrease the effects of runoff after it rains, which can include flooding and potential contamination of the municipal water supply. According to GRHC, green roofs can retain 70 to 90 per cent of the precipitation that falls on them in summer.

Several years ago, the City of Toronto mandated that all new buildings must include a green roof, but there’s no requirement that these spaces provide a means to grow food. One area developer, however, has become committed to providing just that.

Read the full article HERE.

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Entry filed under: Food, Gardens, Heart/Soul.

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